If you’re enjoying the latest Charlotte Corday adventure, “The Fulcanelli Conundrum”, here’s a curiosity spotted in an auction that will add weight to the research undertaken for the strip by its creator, Dan Dare and Thunderbirds artist Keith Page.
The latest Charlotte Corday story starring his time-travelling, multiverse-spanning heroine opens with a Nazi spy taking pictures of carvings on the walls of the Notre Dame cathedral in pre-World War Two Paris.
Later today, Wednesday 30th September, these “reconnaissance photos” taken in London in the 1930s, are being offered by British Bespoke Auctions in an auction, alongside a range of otherwise innocuous antiques and collectibles.
The lot is described as follows: “85 black and white vintage photographs of London, understood to be taken for the purposes of German reconnaissance. The pictures depict ordinary Londoners going about their daily business, each pictures is approx 17 x 12 cms, a few with German titles. Approx 37 have staining and the rest are either fine or with much lighter staining.”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.